Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants
Julee Mathena, MS, FNP-CS
Ms. Mathena, a Registered Nurse, received her bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia. With and interest in nursing education she attended Texas Woman's University-Houston and obtained a Master of Science in Nursing. She has taught and coordinated all levels of nursing education in several community college settings. With a continued interest in nursing she broadened her education by returning to Texas Woman's University-Houston post-graduate certificate program for nurse practitioners. She is a clinical nurse specialist and board certified as a FNP with the Certified Specialist credential.
Along with her teaching experience, Ms. Mathena brings several years as a nurse practitioner in urban and rural family practice settings. This background enables her to incorporate the patient's current medical/health problems into the scope of allergy and asthma.
Her practice philosophy reflects comprehensive patient education and care which encourages patient autonomy and responsibility. She tailors the prescribed treatment plan to each patient's unique qualities.
Julio Garza, P.A.-C
Mr. Garza, P.A.-C, joined Houston Allergy & Asthma Associates in the fall of 1999. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in August1999. He is a certified Physician Assistant.
While attending UTMB, Mr. Garza spent time in a variety of settings, including Allergy and Asthma, Dermatology, General Surgery and Family Practice. He also volunteered at Memorial Hermann Hospital as a Spanish/English patient translator.
Mr. Garza takes great pleasure in helping his allergy and asthma patients. He believes that patient education and a solid support system are the keys to successful treatment.
Mr. Garza is married and has two daughters.
Angelique Tijerina, P.A.-C
Ms. Tijerina joined Allergy & Asthma Associates in February 2010. She comes to the practice with over five years' clinical experience in family medicine.
She completed her Master of Physician Assistant studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2004. Prior to entering into physician assistant studies, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio in 2002. She is a certified physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Ms. Tijerina believes educating patients and their understanding enables them to take an active role in their own health care.
Kimberly Pengra, P.A.-C
Mrs. Kimberly Pengra PA-C joined Allergy & Asthma Associates in July 2011. She is a native to the Houston area, growing up in north Houston. She earned a Bachelor of Science from The University of Houston and completed her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She comes to our practice from Methodist Hospital Center for Orthopedic Surgery. While in PA school she spent time in practice with Allergy and Asthma, Family Medicine, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Kimberly is married and resides in the Houston Heights. She has been a patient of Allergy & Asthma Associates for over 15 years so her personal experience with asthma and allergies, immunotherapy and other available treatments helps her to relate and sympathize with allergy sufferers in Houston. Her practice philosophy reflects evidence based medicine tailored to individual patient needs, encouraging communication and teamwork to find treatment solutions that give patients the freedom to live and breathe well. Kimberly enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with friends.
Alexis Sanders, P.A.-C
Mrs. Sanders, PA-C, joined Allergy & Asthma Associates in August 2013. Before joining the practice, she spent six years serving the Pediatric and Adolescent populations of Houston and Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Sanders received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas and a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
While Mrs. Sanders believes in a methodical approach to medicine, she also understands that each patient is unique and may require a different approach to address their individual needs. She strives to provide compassionate care and patient education in order to improve patient quality of life.
In her free time, Mrs. Sanders enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Farheen Azeemuddin, P.A.-C
Ms. Farheen Azeemuddin, P.A.-C joined Allergy & Asthma Associates in the summer of 2012. She is a Houston native who grew up in Sugar Land, TX. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with Biology minor was achieved with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Azeemuddin continued on to earn her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at Baylor College of Medicine in 2011. She has rotated in various fields including family practice, general surgery, and pediatrics. She is a certified physician assistant in Texas and California.
Ms. Azeemuddin brings enthusiasm and a commitment to quality and compassionate patient-care. She particularly enjoys building a connection with her patients whom she can empathize with because she has suffered from allergic rhinitis and allergic reactions to insect stings for several years. In her free time, she enjoys travel, literature, and time spent with her close-knit family and friends.
Kristina Benedict, PA-C
Ms. Kristina Benedict, PA-C joined Allergy & Asthma Associates in October 2012. She is a Houston native, having grown up in The Woodlands. She comes to the practice with 6 years of experience in various areas of medicine including urgent care, family medicine and plastic/reconstructive surgery. She earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at UT Southwestern at Dallas in 2005 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University in 2002. She is a certified physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants.
Ms. Benedict believes in compassionate patient care, providing her patients with the education and tools needed to control symptoms and improve quality of life. She has been an allergy patient herself since childhood so her personal background with allergies, treatments and immunotherapy helps her relate to other allergy sufferers. In her free time, Kristina enjoys music, dance and travel.